The Historical Tent has been expanded because it has grown to be so popular. Here people can read workers’ poetry, as well as learning about the details of the strike, the trial of union leaders Ettor and Giovannitti, labor artist Ralph Fasanella, and the present-day missions of many labor and social justice organizations, among other exhibits.
“Those who have attended in the past can see that while the festival is different, it’s still great,” Lanza-Weil said.
Beauchesne said the festival is popular because it’s about a very compelling time for Lawrence.
“It’s a piece of history that a lot of people can relate to, such as the struggles of the immigrants and workers,” he said.
If you go: What: The Bread and Roses Festival features three stages in the heart of Lawrence. When: Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, noon to 6 p.m. Where: In and around Campagnone Common, 200 Common St. How: Free. For a complete listing of entertainment and times visit breadandrosesheritage.org/festival-guide. HIGHLIGHTS Five-time Grammy nominee, Marcia Balll (rhythm and blues)' Bread and Puppet Theater, Odaiko New England (Japanese taiko drummers), Emma's Revolution (activist folk), Ten Tumbao (Afro-Latin-Caribbean music), The Goodtime String Band (bluegrass), Berklee College of Music's International String Trio and, Charlie King and Karen Brandow (folk), There will also be children's activities and trolley and walking tours highlighting the city's historical sites.